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Picard’ Casts Battlestar Galactica Vet James Callis As Picard’s Dad

When Battlestar Galactica veteran James Callis was spotted on the IMDb page for Paramount+ Star Trek: Picard a few months ago, we should have seen the twist of his character coming. The clues were all there, right in front of us, but it wasn’t until this week’s episode that the show revealed who he was playing. And in fact, James Callis is none other than Maurice Picard, the father of Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart).

Spoiler for Star Trek: Picard Season 2, Episode 7 “Monsters” Past This Point, but by the time Picard (the youngest) is trapped in his own mind, living through two very different scenarios. The first is what appears to be a psychological assessment of the Business, directed by none other than the character James Callis. Considering he’s a grumpy doctor, you might have been forgiven for initially thinking the character was a reworking of Julian Bashir (Alexander Siddig) from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. But no, he’s a new character – though having Callis in the role is perhaps a cheeky nod to the fact that the two likable sci-fi actors have often been confused for each other.

Yet the whole psychic assessment is a sham. The crux of the episode is a memory we’ve seen over and over again from Jean-Luc’s youth; her mother running and hiding, some kind of monster apparently catching her in the catacombs below Château Picard. While we can’t see the entire memory played – which is saved for a later episode – we can see what actually happened. Picard’s mother, Yvette (Madeline Wise), suffered from psychotic episodes and, in a time of fear, she took her young son deep into the tunnels under their house. There Picard got his foot stuck in loose planks, this is where it is revealed that Callis is actually Maurice, who saves him.

When Decider spoke about the season with Stewart, he teased that this reassessment of his family history was a key part of picardis the second season.

“Picard gradually comes to understand that her belief that her father was a villain and her mother a victim wasn’t exactly the truth, that whatever horrible thing happened to her mother, she was responsible for it,” explained Stewart. “And his dad was in every way he could, trying to do things to help him and not doing them. And Picard hid from that knowledge for maybe 50 years. But now he’s coping with it and as such it looks like he’s now able to make commitments of the kind he couldn’t make when we first met him and The next generation.”

While we haven’t yet seen Picard come out on the other side – there are still several episodes to go before the season ends – the addition of Callis as Maurice Picard, a role previously played by Clive Church , gives flashbacks a sense of gravity and history. And in fact, picard Casting EP Callis is an equally surprising family role in one of her previous jobs, the excellent 12 monkeys. There, Callis played the adult version of the son of main characters Cassandra and James Cole, a key figure in the show’s mythology. In one show, he was an older-than-expected surprise son, the next a younger-than-expected surprise father. What’s next for Callis: an uncle who’s just the right age??

We’ll just have to keep watching picard discover.

New episodes of Star Trek: Picard stream Thursdays on Paramount+.

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